I completed inspecting my hive this afternoon and was amazed at how quickly the hive has grow. My girls (Package of bees) arrived on April 12th, since that time they have almost filled two brood boxes. I have rotated brood boxes to keep them busy and have moved any partially full frames to the center of the brood boxes.
The queen is now in the lower brood box and has about three empty and some partial frames to work with. This was the upper brood box until today, and is very heavy. It appears to have lots of honey. All partial or empty frames have been moved to the center.
The upper brood box (original brood box) is much lighter and and has lots of larva. Here again, I moved any partial frames to the center of the brood box. This brood box also has about 3 empty frames for the girls to work with. This is now the upper of the two brood boxes.
I just added two supers above the brood boxes, with the hopes of the workers beginning to build comb and store honey. This should take some pressure off the two brood boxes. (I hope)
I'm a little afraid that things are getting a little out of control and that the girls are getting ahead of the bee keeper. I'm assuming that in about a 2 weeks, I'll needed another brood box and may be additional supers (assuming the hive starts to shift towards honey production and not more brood.)
Having said all this, do I get another brood box and additional supers ? Or do I keep trying to move frames and brood boxes around to keep the queen busy? As you can see, things are getting a little ahead of me. Normally, I have a next step planned, but the girls are just too quick for this old man.
Suggestions? ideas ? :?